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Nog had staph before the Mir fight

Now that Big Nog is set to face off with Randy Couture at UFC 101, the UFC has to build him back up into the unstoppable force he seemed to be before the Frank Mir fight. And no, I’m not saying Nog was unstoppable as in he’s been cutting through people like a hot knife through butter. Truth be told he’s looked pretty shitty since he came to the UFC. But he still took a licking and kept on ticking, hence ‘unstoppable’.

Lots of people (myself included) have started wondering if Nog’s chin might finally be shot after seeing him lose like a bitch to Frank Mir. Dana White would have you believe otherwise:

White maintains the former champ was suffering from a serious case of staph infection going into the Dec. 27 bout.

“I think Nog had staph real bad like six days before that fight,” White told reporters on Thursday.

Though he didn’t have blood tests to prove his theory, his eyes gave him all the evidence he needed.

“He had these things all over his body,” continued White. “I can’t explain what they looked like.”

Since the fight, Nogueira has remained silent on the circumstances leading up to the fight. Last month, he underwent knee surgery to repair an injury that also hampered his preparation for Mir, according to trainers.